DW BUREAU / Chandigarh
An Aam Aadmi Party MLA has suggested that the Punjab Assembly session is convened for five days every month to make the state government and the legislators more responsive to the people. In a three-page letter yesterday sent to Assembly Speaker Rana K P Singh, AAP senior leader Kanwar Sandhu has suggested 12 sessions in a year – one session every month with at least five sittings.
This would mean 60 sittings in a year.
He has suggested amending rule 14-A of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business Rules, which now provides for three sessions in a year and the total number of sittings in all the three sessions put together to be not less than 40.
“Unfortunately, this Rule which is being violated with impunity, be amended to provide for 12 sessions in a financial year, with every session to have not less than five sittings,” he said in a statement here on Sunday.
Sandhu said a copy of the letter has been marked to Punjab Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra. The AAP leader said monthly sessions of the Assembly will ensure that the whole state government machinery remains on toes and there is regular accountability of not only legislators but also of the government officers. “This will also ensure that the peoples’ problems reflected by their respective MLAs in the form of Questions raised during Question Hour get answered on a regular basis. “Now since the House meets after three or four months, the Questions pile up, between 500 to 1,000 for every session, and less than 20 per cent are taken up during a session,”
he said. Holding a session every month would bring about a responsive government, he claimed.